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Every Sinner Has A Future

While most of the collecting world has been obsessing over the Cubs and their new, baby faced power-hitter, Kris Bryant … I have been quietly enjoying the rebirth of Arod. Although it’s extremely early into the season, Rodriguez has been one of the best hitters in baseball all while missing the entire 2014 season, playing on rebuilt body parts, and being 39 years of age.

Suddenly, one of the most hated baseball players of all time (sorry, Jose) is an underdog figure who had a good chance to surpass the Home Run King and retire as the greatest slugger of all time. Even if his numbers are tarnished, so are Bonds’ but there is something bigger at play. The Steroid era is over and done with. Guys are no longer hitting 50+ home runs a year. It’s very likely that we will never again see a guy hit 600 home runs, and 500 home runs will too become a rarity if testing continues to be implemented.

So with every home run Kris Bryant hits, every card that’s released by card companies to exploit this newest phenom, I’ll be rooting for the old man with the bad hip to continue doing what he’s done his whole career, legally and illegally, mashing home runs. He may not keep this pace much longer but so long as he remains healthy and in a MLB line up, we may see something special in a couple of years. King or not, once Arod is gone … the steroid era of baseball will forever be buried and someday even forgotten. There will always be new cheaters but not on the level of what we saw in the 90’s and beyond. Only time and a little luck will tell us if Arod is the greatest cheater of all time or just another Jose Canseco.

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Only New York Could Make me Root For A-Rod

I’ve never liked Alex Rodriguez. There was always something off about him, even when he came up with Seattle as an 18-year old (I was 16 at the time). Before I knew of his cheating, I had a hint of it because back when I was training with Ozzie Canseco (in Jose’s home), Jose’s twin brother admitted to me that no one works out in this home more than Alex Rodriguez. That was way back in 1999.

It wasn’t long after Canseco’s career crashed and burned that I found out “bitch-tits”, the nickname given to Rodriguez by the ever classy Jose, was trying to sleep with Canseco’s wife. The hatred only grew as it was discovered that A-Rod was a cheater throughout most of his career. Then something funny happened. Life and baseball began beating down on Alex much in the same way it came down hard on Canseco.

Suddenly, due to injuries and suspensions, Alex Rodriguez hasn’t played in a full season since 2007, the year he won his third Most Valuable Player award. He’s no longer the baseball phenom of old but from the way everyone in the media and his own fans are beating down on him, he has somehow … by some miracle, grown into a tragic figure. Granted, a tragic figure with millions in the bank and more owed but still.

Now, at the age of 39 and with his body breaking down and rusty from not playing baseball regularly, A-Rod is just 107 home runs away from breaking Barry Bonds’ all-time home run record and a healthy half-season away from 2,000 career RBI. We can argue today about cheaters and what their stats mean or don’t but I will take Alex as the Home Run King of Baseball any day over the moody, un-friendly and fellow cheater, Bonds.

Finally, below is one of my all-time favorite baseball cards from my all-time favorite year of collecting, 1997. It comes from the great folks at Pinnacle Brands and the forgotten and very much disappointing Zenith Baseball release. This brand featured beautiful, full-bleed photos and amazing Dufex technology but not much else. The checklist was tiny and worse of all, it left out Jose Canseco.


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Buy Me A House (and this card)

The card you see below is absolutely awesome. In 1993, there was so much great wax to bust that certain products got lost in the hustle. I mean, who would want to bust Best when Finest and Refractor technology was being introduced? I may have at some point in my life busted “junk wax” from Best in the 90s but to say it was less than memorable would be an understatement.

That still doesn’t change the fact that this card below is a true gem of a card. It’s an early, certified, on-card autograph from an “off-brand” manufacturer of a future Hall of Fame inductee and probably the #2 guy in our hobby for at least a few more years. Yes, the card is numbered to 1,200, which is like a million by today’s standard but it’s still a neat card which recently sold for just over $400 on eBay.

In 2015, if you can get some sucker to hand you four-hundred dollars for a junk wax era card with a little flash on it, damn it … take that money and run as fast as you can. So, you can imagine with that recent sale you might find another few of these cards popping up with a slightly higher price for those millions of Jeter fans and collectors who missed out.

So what’s a reasonable price? $425? NO. $450? Naw. $500 dollars? Try $85,000.

That’s not a joke. The seller, “Quixsilver92”, is asking for that insane price because he’s insane and because he hardly works or something due to anxiety and wants to buy a nice house in a good neighborhood. He also assumes Jeter collectors can afford to drop nearly $100 grand for a cheap card to gift a total stranger who claims to have just finally started making “decent” money.

Am I being an asshole or just poking a little fun? I guess I don’t feel so bad after reading his eBay auction update in which he claims collectors are being “ugly, hateful, and patronizing”. Gee, I wonder what would cause that kind of response with such a sensible, totally legit, Derek Jeter autograph auction? Hey, if you’re looking to buy a house for a complete stranger, click the link and have a field day.

Nothing to see here. Just a badass MF card right here.

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